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Introduction to Family History Research

This course provides a basic introduction to the main primary and secondary sources of information required to build family histories. It provides the opportunity for a hands-on exploration of multiple websites and teaches an organised approach to searching and recording. This course encourages students to use state and local libraries and genealogical organisations. This course assumes a basic level of computer and internet literacy. Students are encouraged to bring some ancestor... [More]

History's Greatest Love Stories

Ancient, Medieval and Modern History is littered with great love stories. Some are both tragic and romantic, even heroic, while others are less so. The romantic entanglements of Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of Egypt, have enthralled students of history for over 2000 years. Whilst the love story of Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas resulted in one of the most sensational criminal trials in English history at the end of the 19th century. All these stories reveal a great deal about... [More]

Eight More Significant Plays of the Theatre Unpacked

Examine a different play each week. Each has significantly influenced and contributed to both theatre and literature. These are plays with which every student of literature should be familiar and that theatre-goers should be able to understand through their themes, insights into the human condition and utilisation of theatrical techniques. This is the best of the best of Drama. SUGGESTED READING Apart from reading the play themselves, there is no required pre-reading but interested... [More]

The Development of Western Democracy

We will consider key events in England, America and France that led to replacement of Monarchical Governments with Modern Liberal Democracies. We will consider the theories and social changes that drove these democratic developments and look at some of the tension found within. Finally we will look at some of the challenges facing democracy in the 21st Century. COURSE OUTLINE The Glorious Revolution of 1688 – events, antecedents and social and theoretic forces behind it. Thomas... [More]

From Lenin to Putin: Russian Leaders in the 20th Century

A closer look at some of the most influential Russian leaders of the 20th and 21st centuries, from Lenin and his Bolshevik Revolution to Russia’s ‘New Czar’ Putin. We will also discuss – using multimedia tools – Stalin and his successor Khrushev, and the charismatic Gorbachev and his reform policies of ‘Glasnost’ and ‘Perestroika’ that signaled the end of the Soviet Union. SUGGESTED READING Gorbachev, Mikhail, The New Russia, (Polity Press, 2016); Kenez, Peter, A History of the... [More]

Famous Conspiracy Cases That Made History

Explore some of the most famous conspiracy cases: John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, the disappearance – without a trace – of the Australian Prime Minister Harold Hold in 1967, and the theory that the first moon landing in 1969 was faked in a secret Hollywood studio. Last but not least, we will take a closer look, separating facts from fiction, at the conspiracy theories about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. SUGGESTED READING Bosworth, R.J.B., Mussolini, (London: Arnold, 2002);... [More]

Nazism at War: Success, Defeat and Occupation 1939 - 1948

Hitler planned for war from the beginning of the regime. This course is not a military history, but rather examines Nazi ideology and its growing radicalisation, popular support for war, the Holocaust, and German and international resistance. It will also discuss policies of Fortress Europe and Allied policies after German defeat. The course will include slides, written materials, and film segments. SUGGESTED READING Eric Johnson, K.H. Reuband, What We Knew: Terror, Mass Murder,... [More]
$240 Limited inc GST / $216
Nazism at War: Success, Defeat and Occupation 1939 - 1948

<p>Hitler planned for war from the beginning of the regime. This course is not a military history, but rather examines Nazi ideology and its growing radicalisation, popular support for war, the

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That Varied Land: Aspects of Ireland - Part II

An ancient poem described Ireland as ‘that varied land’ in whose praise a poet is glad to revel. From the Renaissance to the Modern, through architecture, social practices and upheaval, literature, art and food these sessions illuminate the varieties of Irish history and the Irish over the past 600 years. Part I is recommended but not required to enrol. COURSE OUTLINE Palladio in Hibernia: Italianate architecture in Ireland - Palladio’s High Renaissance ideal of perfect buildings... [More]
$185 Limited inc GST / $167
That Varied Land: Aspects of Ireland - Part II

<p>An ancient poem described Ireland as ‘that varied land’ in whose praise a poet is glad to revel. From the Renaissance to the Modern, through architecture, social practices and upheaval, literature,

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The Beatles and How They Shaped Modern Music

The Beatles set the template for modern music as we know it today. We discuss The Beatles and their music in the context of the time. Videos will be shown of their music. We will journey over seven short years from Love Love Me Do to their last album, Abbey Road and in between we will look at their journey into drugs and the psychedelic, examining each album in depth. This course is recommended for anyone with an interest in contemporary music. Guest Speaker: Glenn A. Baker COURSE... [More]
$196 Limited inc GST / $176
The Beatles and How They Shaped Modern Music

<p>The Beatles set the template for modern music as we know it today. We discuss The Beatles and their music in the context of the time. Videos will be shown of their music. We will journey over seven

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